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Wizbang Weekend Caption Contest™

It's Friday, which means it's time for the Wizbang Weekend Caption Contest™. Enter your best caption for the following picture:

Members of the Catholic Church enter the stadium prior to Pope Benedict XVI celebrating a Mass at Nationals Park in Washington April 17, 2008. (Jason Reed/Reuters)


Winners will be announced Monday morning.


Update: Winners announced. Click on the link to read the winning entry. The contest is now closed.


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Mass Hysteria... (Below threshold)
Dodo David:

Mass Hysteria

Pope Benedict XVI is greate... (Below threshold)
Dodo David:

Pope Benedict XVI is greated by a mass audience.

The kind of audience that S... (Below threshold)
Dodo David:

The kind of audience that Senators Clinton and Obama only dream of having.

"And the Padre's Take the F... (Below threshold)
vader06:

"And the Padre's Take the Field!!! Play Ball!!"

The pope's been a lot more ... (Below threshold)

The pope's been a lot more popular since he started batting over .500.

Obama introduces his new ca... (Below threshold)

Obama introduces his new cabinet.

DRUDGEBREAKING: Pope Benedi... (Below threshold)

DRUDGEBREAKING: Pope Benedict XVI publicly parades paedophiles out of the church. developing.

The only men on that field ... (Below threshold)

The only men on that field forbidden to steal a base.

The super delegates are a l... (Below threshold)

The super delegates are a little full of themselves this year.

Now just add guns and "bitt... (Below threshold)

Now just add guns and "bitterness", and Barry's image of America is complete.

Al Gore has created a new a... (Below threshold)

Al Gore has created a new army of climate soldiers.

Whoa dude, like I thought ... (Below threshold)
Jumpinjoe:

Whoa dude, like I thought you said this was a free "Judas Priest" thing, not a "Just'a Priest" thing. This is just like the time we went to see "Skid Row" and there were nothing but cool people just hanging out and partying but they all needed some patchouli oil .

Oh well, pass the doobie.

♬Pedants go... (Below threshold)


Pedants go marching two by two,
Hurrah! hurrah!
Pedants go marching two by two,
Hurrah! hurrah!...


The Klan comes out to Obama... (Below threshold)
WildWillie:

The Klan comes out to Obama rally to show support of his stance on race. ww

It's not a caption, but all... (Below threshold)
Gizmo:

It's not a caption, but all this photo reminds me of is this classic: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1dbuFHF7GU8

God In Washington D.C. ....... (Below threshold)

God In Washington D.C. ....It's About Time..

And Now, the LIONS!... (Below threshold)

And Now, the LIONS!

In desperation, the NY Jets... (Below threshold)
lowmal:

In desperation, the NY Jets organization has asked the entire catholic clergy to use all their praying power to will the Jets into the playoffs..

And with the fourth pick in... (Below threshold)
Baron Von Ottomatic:

And with the fourth pick in the 2008 Catholic Draft, Planned Parenthood selects Nancy Pelosi (D) San Francisco.

When you said we were going... (Below threshold)
Baron Von Ottomatic:

When you said we were going to National's Park to see the cardinals I just assumed...

I know the church is seriou... (Below threshold)
Baron Von Ottomatic:

I know the church is serious about the whole vow of celebacy thing these days, but do they have to dress us in white?

With Belichick's latest mas... (Below threshold)
Baron Von Ottomatic:

With Belichick's latest master stroke the Patriots finally put "Spygate" behind them once and for all.

Senator Byrd, his eyes bein... (Below threshold)
guido:

Senator Byrd, his eyes being not as strong as they once were, seeing white robes and a cross, instinctively reached into his pocket for his book of matches.

Embarrassment soon followed... (Below threshold)

Embarrassment soon followed when DC's quidditch team remembered their playbooks, but forgot their brooms for the home opener.

...and the pontiff's roundi... (Below threshold)
guido:

...and the pontiff's rounding third and heading
for home...here's the throw, it's gonna be close, here's the play at the plate, holy cow, I think he's gonna make it!

Like everyone else in the c... (Below threshold)
Baron Von Ottomatic:

Like everyone else in the church, Pope Benedict had to take his turn in the souvenir stand peddling "I'm with pious

Many still doubted MLB's ef... (Below threshold)

Many still doubted MLB's efforts to keep players from using steroids.

The official theme of the P... (Below threshold)
Adrian Browne:

The official theme of the Pope's visit is:

"Christ our Hope."

Clearly the Pope is sending a signal for American Catholics to vote for Obama.

Will the Pontiff who brough... (Below threshold)
Baron Von Ottomatic:

Will the Pontiff who brought nine vicars to the ball park please retrieve them - they're beating the Nationals by eight runs in the top of the second.

Not knowing priests can't m... (Below threshold)
Nylda:

Not knowing priests can't marry, the Reverend Moon marries them anyway.

Like everyone else in the c... (Below threshold)
Baron Von Ottomatic:

Like everyone else in the church, Pope Benedict had to take his turn in the souvenir stand peddling "I'm with pious (arrow)" t-shirts and censer-shaped soaps-on-a-rope.

"It's 10am, do you know whe... (Below threshold)
mitch cumstein:

"It's 10am, do you know where your children are?"

"Please allow us to introdu... (Below threshold)

"Please allow us to introduce ourselves, we're men of wealth and taste...."

"3....2....1.....OK, everyb... (Below threshold)

"3....2....1.....OK, everybody moonwalk!"

Where are there hoods?... (Below threshold)
914:

Where are there hoods?

Good afternoon, ladies and ... (Below threshold)
guido:

Good afternoon, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, and would you please rise for the singing of our opening hymn, which will be followed by a flyover by the multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace and good will toward men".

Eucharist heeeaar, getchya ... (Below threshold)
guido:

Eucharist heeeaar, getchya Eucharist heeeaar!

On Friday, a photo of Pope ... (Below threshold)
Neoluddite:

On Friday, a photo of Pope Benedict's visit to the Nationals' Ballpark was incorrectly captioned as a rally for Senator Obama's presidential campaign. The Times regrets the error.

"You think these captions a... (Below threshold)
hermie:

"You think these captions are embarassing...wait til the nuns come out and you hear cracks about 'March of the Penguins'."

Stepping up to the plate, n... (Below threshold)
guido:

Stepping up to the plate, number XVI, Ratzinger.

I thought they'd march in s... (Below threshold)
Lindy R. Dole:

I thought they'd march in single pedofile.

Women and Children need not... (Below threshold)
914:

Women and Children need not apply!

Hoping to turn around the N... (Below threshold)
Victor:

Hoping to turn around the Nats 4-11 season, Manny Acta requests divine intervention to take the curses from their bats, gloves, and pitching.

When they whipped off their... (Below threshold)

When they whipped off their hoods the Imperial Wizard saw their faces and stroked out on the spot.

I know there's a bat boy ar... (Below threshold)
Matt:

I know there's a bat boy around here somewhere...

Hi-Ho..Hi-Ho.. Its off to G... (Below threshold)
Vegas Vic:

Hi-Ho..Hi-Ho.. Its off to God we Go!

The Divine Batting Order</p... (Below threshold)

The Divine Batting Order

All a-glee for the Holy ... (Below threshold)

All a-glee for the Holy See

After months of research, t... (Below threshold)
No One of Consequence:

After months of research, the assemblage of priests and religious scholars delivers the bad news to Cubs fans: Hell has not yet frozen over.

The Church of Global Warmin... (Below threshold)
philw1776:

The Church of Global Warming finally holds its rally, long delayed by severe winter snowstorms

The Cardinals were not thri... (Below threshold)
John F Not Kerry:

The Cardinals were not thrilled about their new uniforms, complaining that they kept tripping over the hems while running.

Nobody expected the Spanish... (Below threshold)
John F Not Kerry:

Nobody expected the Spanish Inquisition!

Don't worry, they're just g... (Below threshold)
john1v6:

Don't worry, they're just going up against the DETROIT Lions. They'll be fine.

Some confusion, however, wa... (Below threshold)
RScott:

Some confusion, however, was unavoidable when visitors attended "Korean Knights of Kolumbus™" wearing hoods.

pedantMain Entry:<... (Below threshold)

pedant

Main Entry:
ped·ant Listen to the pronunciation of pedant
Pronunciation:
\ˈpe-dənt\
Function:
noun
Etymology:
Middle French, from Italian pedante
Date:
1588

1 obsolete : a male schoolteacher
2 a: one who makes a show of knowledge b: one who is unimaginative or who unduly emphasizes minutiae in the presentation or use of knowledge c: a formalist or precisionist in teaching

(in reference to an early caption)

As his entourage continued ... (Below threshold)

As his entourage continued to fill the baseline seats the Pope was heard to remark, "Must be in the front row!"

The service was briefly int... (Below threshold)

The service was briefly interrupted when the head groundskeeper rushed onto the stage and demanded if the Pope "knew they had a ballgame to get ready for in an hour".

"I don't care how big his hat is," he told the Washington Post. "Did you see what they were doing to the outfield grass?!"

After warming up in the bul... (Below threshold)

After warming up in the bullpen, the Pope himself emerged to deliver the Sermon On The Mound.

Thousands of bitter people ... (Below threshold)
Justrand:

Thousands of bitter people gathered out of frustration with the economy.

The San Diego/St Louis game... (Below threshold)
SCSIwuzzy:

The San Diego/St Louis game takes an odd turn

After the Mass ended, Obama... (Below threshold)
jbw:

After the Mass ended, Obama supporters worked the parking lot hoping to end the bitterness in the worshippers lives.

...and just like that, the ... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

...and just like that, the Washington Nationals became favorites to win the NL East.

"...the first shall be last... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

"...the first shall be last, and the last shall be first....except in the Nationals case..."

The Padres have something i... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

The Padres have something in common with the padres: no offense.

Padres? Cardinals? ...I'm b... (Below threshold)

Padres? Cardinals? ...I'm bettin' on the Angels.

We are sure to find out if ... (Below threshold)

We are sure to find out if the Pope swings both ways.

As the team from the Vatica... (Below threshold)
Jeff:

As the team from the Vatican takes the field, they anxiously look around for "Morganna, The Kissing Bandit" they have heard so much about...

1: How the H.E. double hoc... (Below threshold)

1: How the H.E. double hockey sticks are we going to pay for this?
2. Are you kidding? I've got Bingo cards and markers for everyone.

...and now rise for the Sev... (Below threshold)

...and now rise for the Seventh Inning reconciliation.

The Pope takes the field fo... (Below threshold)

The Pope takes the field for the first time after testifying, under oath, before a Senate Committee that he is not nor has he ever taken prayer enhancing drugs.

The Nationals take the fiel... (Below threshold)
Bob:

The Nationals take the field in their new uniforms - where they will be praying to improve their current record of 4 wins and 12 losses.

Singing as they march in...... (Below threshold)
Jeff:

Singing as they march in...

And it's one, two, three,
What are we praying for ?
Don't ask me, I don't give a damn,
Next stop is the Vatican.
And it's five, six, seven,
Open up the pearly gates,
Well there ain't no time to wonder why
Whoopee! we're all gonna die.

"Look, it's the Pope-ara... (Below threshold)

"Look, it's the Pope-arazzi!"

'Take Me Out to The Ballgam... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

'Take Me Out to The Ballgame' will now be replaced The Apostles' Creed.

'....I'd like two dogs, two... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

'....I'd like two dogs, two beers and, um, oh yeah, two Pope-sicles, please...."

New ground rule at new Nati... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

New ground rule at new Nationals Park: Whenever a player steals a base, he must say 10 Hail Marys.

PA Announcer: "If you're li... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

PA Announcer: "If you're license plate reads "POPE MBL", you left your headlights on."

The only hope for the Natio... (Below threshold)
retired military:

The only hope for the Nationals winning the world series this year have finally made an appearance.

And now batting for Pedro B... (Below threshold)

And now batting for Pedro Bourbon...........Maaaaaaannnnnny Moooooooota

When George Steinbrenner sa... (Below threshold)
Joel:

When George Steinbrenner saw the new team Anaheim was fielding this year, he nervously dialed his special "hotline" number to make yet another deal with his old friend, Mr. Louis Cyphre.

If this were to happen in C... (Below threshold)
Dodo David:

If this were to happen in Chicago, then perhaps the Cubs could finally make it to the World Series.

The march of the ladies fro... (Below threshold)
SILVER BULLET:

The march of the ladies from the LDS compound in Texas. Oh wait! My mistake! Their dresses are just so similar. (Baaaad, I know!)

After dropping 9 in a row a... (Below threshold)
Brad:

After dropping 9 in a row and 3 to the Mets, it's clear the Nationals will do anything to change their luck.

Angels in Outfield... (Below threshold)
Faith+1:

Angels in Outfield

Headline... "Umpire's Union... (Below threshold)
Faith+1:

Headline... "Umpire's Union Fields New, Infallible Umpires."

The Pope shocked the crowds... (Below threshold)
Faith+1:

The Pope shocked the crowds when he declared the Designator Hitter a mortal sin.

Boston Weeps As Pope Confir... (Below threshold)
Faith+1:

Boston Weeps As Pope Confirms: "Even God Hates the Red Sox."

Oh when the Saints . . . go... (Below threshold)
Dodo David:

Oh when the Saints . . . go marching in . . .

Now Pitching, 'Heeeeeysuuuu... (Below threshold)
Faith+1:

Now Pitching, 'Heeeeeysuuuuuss Chrriiiiisssto!'

After an exhausting twenty-... (Below threshold)
Maggie Mama:

After an exhausting twenty-two innings alas there was to be no miracle for the Padres.

Sermon On The Mound... (Below threshold)
Faith+1:

Sermon On The Mound

With Vow of Poverty, Padres... (Below threshold)
Faith+1:

With Vow of Poverty, Padres Face No Salary Cap Issues.

Pope demands New Cathedral ... (Below threshold)
Faith+1:

Pope demands New Cathedral Style Dome. Threatens to Move Team to Toronto.

Terrorists Shocked to Disco... (Below threshold)
Faith+1:

Terrorists Shocked to Discover Heaven, 72 Virgins, Not Quite Up To Expectations

"Pies lesu domine dona e... (Below threshold)

"Pies lesu domine dona eis requiem." (THWACK) "... and its long gone."

Under the guidance of MLB's... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Under the guidance of MLB's new, tough Drug Testing Team, players who are caught using steroids or HGH no longer face suspensions; they're just sent straight to Hell.

There are no atheists in... (Below threshold)

There are no atheists in Baseball

No arguing with the umpire.... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

No arguing with the umpire. Ever.

Ohhhhh, say that's what's m... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

Ohhhhh, say that's what's meant by 'If you build it, He will come'.

The 2008 End of the World S... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

The 2008 End of the World Series: Padres vs. Devil Rays.

In an attempt to lift a 100... (Below threshold)
Smitty:

In an attempt to lift a 100 year old curse, Pope Benedict leads a company of cardinals and bishops in an exorcism at Wrigley Field

Though some of the priests ... (Below threshold)
Vegas Vic:

Though some of the priests believed it was their devotion to the church, others instinctively knew it was their ability to put one foot in front of the other that brought them here.

Steinbrenner: "Tithing the ... (Below threshold)

Steinbrenner: "Tithing the church will make me no poorer than owning the Yankees."

Cardinals 6, Saints 0.... (Below threshold)

Cardinals 6, Saints 0.

Let him who is without sin ... (Below threshold)
twolaneflash:

Let him who is without sin throw out the first ball!

In an attempt to l... (Below threshold)
In an attempt to lift a 100 year old curse, Pope Benedict leads a company of cardinals and bishops in an exorcism at Wrigley Field
With acolytes for a night game?
Pope Benedict and the cardi... (Below threshold)
Smitty:

Pope Benedict and the cardinals are disappointed as the "Jesus in the outfield" turns out to be Jesus Alou.

The Washington Nationals ha... (Below threshold)
Bill Shives:

The Washington Nationals have decided to play todays game in their new uniforms. Their hoping the light of god will shine down on them favorably and reverse their start to the season where they have stumbled to the bottom of the standings.

Every young boys nightmare.... (Below threshold)
914:

Every young boys nightmare.. hoards of (staight)? guys under the sheets trying to push their foreign mass.. ouch!

The campaign press corps in... (Below threshold)
Saul Goode:

The campaign press corps inadveratantly lets their slip Obama worship at a stump speech today.

Harry Carry Said It Best...... (Below threshold)

Harry Carry Said It Best...."HOLY COW!!!"

"How do all those Popes com... (Below threshold)
the struggler:

"How do all those Popes come out of that one little car."

The Pope should run the Oly... (Below threshold)
Hodink:

The Pope should run the Olympics.

Update: <... (Below threshold)
Kevin Author Profile Page:

Update: Winners announced. Click on the link to read the winning entry. The contest is now closed.




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